October 9th, 2009
What: Bashfully bittersweet shoegaze from Los Angeles that wear their hearts on every inch of their body.
Sounds like: Programmed beats, droning, washed out guitars and softly whispered vocals. As if Sweden’s The Radio Dept. dropped the cold, Scandinavian front and embraced their inner lovesick puppy.
RIYL: The Radio Dept., New Order, Cut Copy, The Russian Futurists, M83, The Lassie Foundation, Lali Puna, most bands signed to Morr Music and Labrador Records
Need to know: They’re independent, but judging by their new self-titled album they won’t be for long. “Disasters Are Okay” from their debut EP Movement was featured in an episode of One Tree Hill (season four’s “Ashes of Dreams You Let Die” to be specific), so technically, they’ve actually been played on MuchMusic. They did a nice job remixing Passion Pit’s “Little Secrets.”
Track: “In Steps” is the sort of dreamy indie pop that boys want to make and girls want to fall in love with with synths that ooze romance, guitar lines straight out of New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies and vocals that provide as much warmth as a bearskin rug by an open fire.
Buy: You can buy the album here.